Monday, 12 August 2013

Israel now says no date set for prisoner release


BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) – The first group of long-term Palestinian prisoners detained before the Oslo Accord will not be released before a two-day delay the Israeli government gave for appeals, officials say.

Ofir Gendelman, a spokesman of the Israeli prime minister, told Ma’an on Monday that Israel hadn’t set a date for the release of 26 veteran Palestinian prisoners whose names have been published on the website of the Israel Prison Service.

Gendelman highlighted that the list was published so as to give the Israeli public 48 hours to submit objections and appeal to the high court against any of the inmates in the list.

An official statement will be issued if a date is set for releasing the first group of prisoners, he added. more

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